Jonnie Irwin, a television broadcaster, died suddenly after a fight with incurable cancer.
Jonnie Irwin, 50, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2020, after it had progressed from his lungs to his brain.
Father of three. Irwin grew to prominence in the United Kingdom and became a popular television personality, appearing on series such as A Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country.
A statement on his Instagram announcing his death said he touched “the lives of so many with his kindness, warmth and infectious spirit”.
“At this time, we kindly ask for the privacy of Jonnie’s family as they navigate through this profound loss,” said the statement. “Their grief is immeasurable, and your thoughts, prayers, and support are deeply appreciated. As we remember the beautiful moments shared with Jonnie, let us celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts,” the statement continued.
“Jonnie may be gone from our sight, but his love, laughter, and memories will live on. Rest in peace, dear Jonnie. You will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.”
Irwin was given only six months to live, but he overcame the odds and revealed his disease after two years of covertly fighting behind closed doors.
He stated at the time that by making his struggle public, he hoped that his diagnosis would motivate people to “make the most of every day”.
“A truly remarkable soul, he fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage.”
Freeform Productions, the production company of A Place in the Sun, said in a Twitter statement: “Jonnie was a much-loved member of the A Place in the Sun family, and for more than 18 years he brought joy, wit, and bundles of energy to the show.” “We’ll miss him terribly.”
Irwin’s most recent social media post came seven days ago, when he published a video of himself doing DIY around the house to keep himself busy.
“He brought such warmth and fun to Escape To The Country where he was a firm favourite with not just viewers, but the production team too,” head of BBC daytime Rob Unsworth said.
“More recently, he did some truly inspirational reports for Morning Live about his illness, tackling taboos around end-of-life care and wonderfully demonstrating the limitless positivity that he brought to everything he did.”
Irwin’s co-stars were similarly devastated by his loss, with Jasmine Harman, his longstanding co-star, posting a lengthy tribute on Instagram.
“I have never admired you more than over the last few years as you’ve faced life with cancer with positivity, determination and bloody mindedness,” she wrote. “The world is a little darker today without you, but I will always smile when I think of you.”
Irwin is survived by his wife Jessica and three children, Rex, five, and twins Rafa and Cormac, who are three years old.